By Alex Raymond
Many of us know we should be exercising. And many of us want to start exercising. So how do we actually begin and maintain a successful exercise program? I am going to share some tips with you about how I started my exercise routine. At first, it was definitely difficult for me to begin, but once I got into the flow of it, exercise became a natural part of my days.
1) It’s okay to start light—it is okay to start by walking or jogging only 10-15 minutes a few times. Once your body gets used to the physical activity, adding on will be easier.
2) Try new things—running isn’t the only way to be active. If you belong to a gym, the elliptical, swimming, or group fitness classes are great ways to raise your heart rate!
3) Use your friends and family for motivation—Grab your friends and take them to the gym with you or play basketball or soccer with your kids. Being active with family and friends is not only great bonding time, but it’s also a way to get you motivated!
4) Exercise during work—what? Well, we all have lunch breaks right? Take this time to walk around a little outside. If you can’t go outside, walk around your building, or up and down the stairs. You may look weird, but at least you’re moving! Take some co-workers with you.
5) Work out because it makes you feel good—I’ve learned through my own experience that working out to feel good is better than working out to look good. Listen to your body and if you think you’ve had enough for one day, then take a break. If you feel good, keep going!
1) Plan ahead—this is key! Look at your schedule for the week and see when you have time. Mornings? Afternoons? Then physically write in your schedule when you are going to the gym. This way you are more likely to be reminded.
2) Begin a program when you have time—for example, I began exercising during the summer when my schedule wasn’t as busy. By the time the school year came, I was so used to running being a part of my day; it was easier to find time to do it.
3) Take advantage of the weekends—usually we tend to have a little more time on the weekends. Take this time to get in an extra work out. This could even include a fun activity, like a hike in the spring or skiing in the winter.